18 healthful snacks, better for you, better for your wallet

It’s hard to resist the urge to snack, especially when those mid-afternoon cravings hit and dinner is still hours away. If there are kids in the picture, then snacks are almost a necessary part of the day’s meal plan.

When you choose healthful, whole food snacks you don’t have to feel guilty when you reach for a quick bite to eat between meals. Best of all, you can save a lot of money by passing up the potato chips and packaged snacks for simple, homemade snacks that are better for you and better for your wallet.

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These 18 Healthful Snacks offer a variety of homemade snack recipes to keep the munchies at bay. Whether you are looking for a cheaper way to feed your Super Bowl Party guests, satisfy the kids’ rumbling tummies after school, or keep yourself on a healthy eating track in the new year, this round up of healthful snack ideas has something for everyone to enjoy!

6 Quick and Light Snacks

These easy, light snacks are a perfect solution when you need a snack-on-the-go. They whip up quickly and can even be made ahead of time so that you have them on hand when snack time rolls around.

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Hemp Cocoa Bites

Apple Chips

Sun Butter Bites

Chewy Fruit Snacks

Cinnamon Walnut Butter

Coconut Milk-Raspberry Smoothie

5 Savory Snacks

These tasty, savory bites are the perfect kind of snacks for game day entertaining. Not only can you feel really good about passing around some delicious Pea-Camole or homemade Microwave Popcorn, you can also be certain that everyone is going to leave satisfied.

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Squash and Parmesan Crustless Mini Quiches


Microwave Popcorn

Pea Crostini

Stuffed Mediterranean Mushrooms

7 Hearty, Filling Snacks

These delicious, hearty snacks are really hunger busters. With whole grains and fiber, these tasty bites will tide everyone over until the next meal.

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Berry Powerful Bars

Fruit-Bottom Yogurt

Roasted Applesauce

Spiced Brown Rice pudding

Chia Pudding

Strawberry Banana Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Choco Chunk Cookies

What are your best tips for healthy snacking?

About Allison

Allison Ruth, mama to three hungry girls, blogs at Some the Wiser where she takes life as it comes and tries to learn a little something as she goes.
Whether she’s baking bread, sewing, or contemplating the fate of socks gone missing in the laundry, she looks for the peace and creativity life offers to everyone who is paying attention.

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  1. Great list, Thanks! My best tip is to plan ahead, so the snacks are available at the busy times that you need them.

  2. La Torontoise says

    Alison,love the pea crustini; since I noticed them on this blog, this recipe has become a permanent feature of my weakly meal plan: -))

    I love quiche and will include for this weekend the crustless minis – they look so inviting, lus the pea-camole. Will do the minis with my little boy who loves cooking too.
    All the best!

  3. Thankyou so much for pulling these together. Just in time. Hubby and I are doing a refined sugar detox this month and there’s some nice snack ideas here. I’m trying to get all of the snack food out of the house (albeit organic… ) but it’s tough with 2 little kids. LOL

  4. Great list, especially right before Superbowl weekend! I always have a hard time knowing what to get for snacks, and I am going grocery shopping this evening. Perfect timing all around.

  5. When I see food, it’s hard for me and my kids to resist eating it. So I’m trying to make sure that the foods I put out are healthy. That means have to get the sweet treats and chips out of sight and make healthy snacks like raw vegetables and fruit more visible.

  6. Great line-up! There are so many I would love to try.
    My tricks for healthy snacking is similar to Julia- I don’t buy the junky stuff and have the favourites on hand. And keeping it simple with fruit and veggies- I always have the kids’ favourites in the house. My best trick is keep them active and hungry. If they aren’t filling up on the unhealthy stuff, when they come in from playing hard outside, they are happy to eat the healthy stuff when they have a good appetite.
    Another simple snack is steamed edamame- it steams up quick from frozen and is tasty sprinkled with coarse sea salt- the kids especially love this.

  7. Oh yay, thanks for posting this list 🙂 will come in handy for sure!

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